Billy Jurges was the National League's top defensive shortstop for almost 15 years. He joined the Chicago Cubs in 1931 and along with rookie 2nd baseman, Billy Herman, formed one of the baseball's best all-time double play combinations. In four different years, peppery Billy Jurges led the NL in fielding pct. Just an average .250 hitter, Jurges once lined nine straight hits. Jurges and Billy Herman were often called 'the modern day Tinker to Evers DP duo', reflecting the famous Cubs' double play combo of the 1910's. Billy Jurges fiery style of base-running, hard sliding, bumping, fighting- 'I'll take none of your guff' set him apart from others during his career. His fine defensive play helped the Cubs win pennants in 1932, 1935, and 1938. Jurges' best offensive season was in 1937, when he hit .298 with 18 doubles and 10 triples and made the NL's All-Star team.
In 1939 he was traded to the New York Giants, to the displeasure of Cub fans, was picked for two more All-Star teams. His aggressive play in the Giants' Polo Grounds made Jurges an instant hero to Giant fans. Jurges coached the Cubs and Senators after retiring from active play. He also managed the Red Sox during 1959. Billy Jurges career: .258 BA, 1613 hits, 245 D's, 55 T's, 43 HRs, .325 on-base-percentage. Baseballhistorian.com archives Baseball History